Ryan Shelby

Ryan Shelby is a fourth-year Alfred P. Sloan PhD Student Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Shelby's doctoral research focuses on the macro- and micro-decisions that minorities, underserved groups, and rural area residents make concerning sustainability and renewable energy technologies. The outcome of his research will be an expert systems tool that can predict end users' willingness to adopt sustainable and renewable energy technologies. This tool will be utilized by engineers and public policy makers to better design sustainability policies and technologies to meet the needs of end user groups. Shelby is the co-founder and project manager for the Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES), an engineering and sustainability assessment organization dedicated to co-developing interoperable open source sustainability assessment tools and enabling consumers to be able to make informed decisions about sustainability and renewable energy technologies.


Ryan Shelby has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability

    Began March, 2008 and ended March, 2009

    Current research shows that immediate action has to be taken to curb climate change caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to human activity. While there is a great debate on a policy level and many new large-scale sustainable energy projects are proposed, individuals and communities do not have immediate access to reliable, up-to-date information about their level of sustainability or access to educational tools and relevant solutions to implement. Our own research shows that living sustainably, having access to accurate environmental data, and having implementable solutions are of major concerns to consumers. Furthermore, it shows that people would be more eager to adopt a sustainable lifestyle if they are able to collaborate, share and work together with others. CARES seeks to help reduce climate change by being the first to close the loop of assessment, advisement and implementation of a more sustainable lifestyle. CARES will create an online platform and portal to: • (1) assess a user’s individual level of sustainability and get relevant advise on solutions for their specific situation • (2) initiate, collaborate, build and share assessment models with consumers, academics, NGO's and solution providers • (3) access a library of case studies and best practice documents to be compared with user’s current situation. CARES will incorporate a long-term incremental growth strategy and will collaborate closely with its different stakeholders. Due to nature of CARES, it will need initial NCIIA funding for the proof of concept and will be profitable by the end year 2.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Michael Frenklach Vice Chair of Instruction, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
    • Mrs. Deborah Rutkowski-Howard Senior Research Administrator, Sponsored Projects Office, University of California, Berkeley
    • Dr. Alice Agogino Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
    • Dr. Sara Beckman Senior Lecturer , School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
    • Dr. Peter Berek Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley
    • Dr. Vicente Borja-Ramírez Visiting Scholar, Mechanical Engineering , University of California, Berkeley